Kaiserslautern to host eight-team girls hoops tournament

Kaiserslautern High School will host a two-day girls basketball tournament featuring eight DODDS-Europe teams this weekend.

The event gets started Friday with games running concurrently at the high school gym and the adjacent elementary school’s multi-purpose room. Each facility will host a six-game slate starting at noon. The elimination round follows at the same locations starting at noon Saturday. The championship game is set for 5 p.m. Saturday evening at the high school gym. Daily admission is $3 for adults, while children and students get in free.

DODDS-Europe athletes of the week, Oct. 20


Adriana Ibanez and Cierra Martin, Wiesbaden: The undefeated Warriors stayed that way Saturday thanks in large part to the contributions of this dangerous pair. Ibanez had 19 assists in a win over Hohenfels, while Martin had six kills and four blocks in beating VIlseck.
Jaxen Godfrey, Patch: The Panther was a dominant net presence all day Saturday, posting five blocks in a win over Ramstein and four more in a win over Black Forest Academy.
Shannon Cox, Lakenheath: The senior setter enjoyed a prolific Saturday for a fast-improving Lancer squad. Cox passed out 28 combined assists in Lakenheath wins over Menwith Hill and SHAPE. 


DODDS-Europe athletes of the week, Oct. 13

Here are 10 standout athletes from last week’s DODDS-Europe action.


DODDS-Europe athletes of the week, Oct. 6

Here are 10 standout athletes from last week’s DODDS-Europe action.


Ben Ciero, Ramstein: The former Lakenheath Lancer has had no trouble fitting in with the Royals. His four touchdowns and 192 rushing yards helped unbeaten Ramstein to a 45-13 win over Kaiserslautern on Saturday.

DODDS-Europe athletes of the week, Sept. 29

Here are 10 standout athletes from last week's DODDS-Europe action:

Chris Armstrong, Menwith Hill/Woodham:
A 16-10 overtime victory over Baumholder, the combined program’s first Division II win and a proper homecoming celebration. All of this thanks to Armstrong’s two touchdowns, including the OT game-winner.

DODDS-Europe athletes of the week, Sept. 22

Here are 10 standout athletes from last week's DODDS-Europe action:  

Ben Ciero, Ramstein: The Lakenheath transfer made a solid first impression on his new team; his 60-yard touchdown run gave Ramstein its first of many scores in a 45-0 season-opening win over Patch.

Chris Greene, Naples: The WIldcat workhorse shrugged off temperatures approaching 90 degrees to post big numbers of his own: 20 carries, 156 yards and two touchdowns.

DODDS-Europe athletes of the week, Sept. 15

Here are 10 standout athletes from last weekend’s football, volleyball and tennis action:


Roger Brownell, Ansbach: The senior’s contributions to Saturday’s rout of Naples were legion: 16 rushes for 162 yards and two touchdowns; a 25-yard touchdown catch; 231 total yards, including a 44-yard kickoff return; five tackles, tied for the team’s best; and a fumble recovery.

David Vidovic, Hohenfels: The reigning Stars and Stripes football athlete of the year resumed his assault on DODDS-Europe history with a 291-yard, five-touchdown effort in a win over Al-conbury on Saturday.

Top 5 Europe weekend prep football games

Here are the five most compelling DODDS-Europe football games of the coming weekend:

Vicenza at Aviano: A matchup between these two Italian neighbors is always an event on any surface of play, but this one is of particular interest. Vicenza is coming off a playoff appearance, Aviano an encouraging opening-weekend rout of ISB. One of these confident teams will be reflecting on a loss come Sunday.

Naples at Ansbach: The Cougars developed into a heavy favorite to at least reach last year’s championship game, and their failure to do so might make them even tougher this year. They certainly looked that way in blasting AFNORTH in week one.

Patch at Kaiserslautern: The host Raiders will spend the first two weeks of their regular season under their beloved home-field Friday-night lights, an experience few other DODDS-Europe teams can offer. Next week’s visit from defending champ Wiesbaden is the flashier of the two games, but the playoff-tested Panthers are no pushover.

Menwith Hill/Woodham at SHAPE: Despite the Spartans’ depleted state, a win over a signature Division II program would be a fine way for DODDS-Europe’s newest entry to debut. It will be interesting to see just what the amalgamation of tiny Menwith Hill and the increasingly solid Woodham program has wrought.

Rota at Baumholder: The Bucs were impressive in a season-opening loss to Bitburg last weekend, and the undermanned team will now look to even its season record against a more comparable opponent. But the disciplined and experience Admirals might offer more resistance than expected.

Honorable mention

Hohenfels at Alconbury; Wiesbaden at Lakenheath: Both DODDS-Europe defending champions debut as heavy favorites against non-playoff teams. But the long trips across the Channel, new coaches for both the Dragons and Lancers, and the pressures of defending a title are all factors that might swing these projected routs.

5 things learned at Vilseck football camp

The Vilseck Falcons are deep at running back this year, with three or four players who could feasibly start. Here, the team practices simple run plays during a practice held at Vilseck, Sept. 2, 2014.

Another in a series of looks at high school football camps around Europe.

Five things learned from observing a practice at Vilseck:

5 things learned from Naples football camp

Another in a series of looks at high school football camps around Europe.

Five things gathered from the start of Naples football practice:


Gregory Broome is an experienced and accomplished community sports journalist. Officially a native of Iowa, Broome grew up a Department of Defense dependent at sites all over the United States and Germany.

He finally settled in Florida, earning a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Central Florida.

Broome began his journalism career in in 2004 as a sports writer for the Ocala Star-Banner in Ocala, Fla., covering high school, college and community sports and earning recognition for his work from the Florida Press Club. In 2009 Broome was named the first sports information director at College of Central Florida, an NJCAA member school, where he launched the program's website and social media pages and revamped its promotional and game-day operations.

Broome joined Stars and Stripes in October of 2012.



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Broome on AFN


Stars and Stripes reporter Gregory Broome talks about the Europe sports scene on AFN Radio. (Click on right arrow to play file)


Mar. 31: Stars and Stripes reporter Gregory Broome highlights the weekend's coverage with Naples' success on multiple fields to include soccer, softball and baseball.

Mar. 24: Stars and Stripes reporter Gregory Broome talks about the DODDS-Europe spring sports season highlighting soccer, softball and baseball.

Feb. 24: Stars and Stripes reporter Gregory Broome rounds up Saturday’s six DODDS-Europe basketball championship games, including a classic Division I duel between Wiesbaden and Patch.